Women's Committee

Our Mission and Vision

Many issues continue to impact and affect women, including wage discrimination, sexual harassment and violence, as well as the childcare crisis. Our committee works to:

  • Examine all issues affecting women members in their union, work, home and community lives., Evaluate the Constitution and policies of SGEU and make recommendations to enable women to participate more fully in Union activities.
  • Liaise with other women's organizations locally, nationally and internationally to offer necessary assistance to them and to promote women's trade union issues in those organizations.
  • Provide consultation, advocacy and assistance to women in SGEU, in achieving and maintaining their rights within the Union and in society at large, Liaison with appropriate committees of the Provincial Council as required.

Women's Committee Members

Our membership is comprised of an elected member from each SGEU sector, as well as an elected member from the Human Rights and Equity (HR/E) standing committee.

Committee Members Alternate Members Sector
Tanya Turner - Chair Lisa Courtoreille (Pedersen) Education
Theresa Evans - Vice-chair Kristan Torrance Health
Irina Fainshtein Lynne Guick Community Services
Jackie Currah Janna Horn Crown
Muna De Ciman Cindy Carbno Public Service
Sherry Sproule Lindsay Bouvier Retail & Regulatory
Hali Topinka Tamara Bailey  Human Rights & Equity
Carolyn Rebeyka - Staff representative    

Upcoming Events

The Women’s Committee participates, hosts or sponsors a number of annual activities. As an SGEU member, your participation is encouraged! Watch for details on the SGEU Facebook page or contact womenscommittee@sgeu.org for more information.

As an SGEU member, if you have an event supporting women’s issues in your Saskatchewan community, let us know by connecting with us at womenscommittee@sgeu.org.

Check the SGEU events calendar for more details about these annual events!

PSUW Application form 2022 - Deadline May 2, 2022

for more information please refer to the PSUW 2022 brochure


Women Taking Action online workshop series

Early in 2021 due to the pandemic, all our regular events were cancelled. The pressure on everyone was intense. To provide members a way of connecting, encourage learning, promoting self-care and sharing resources – we developed an online series of events called Women Taking Action. These 90-minute free events are available to everyone.

Due to the success of these online workshops, we now offer four online events each year. Check the SGEU events calendar for the upcoming offerings or connect with womenscommittee@sgeu.org for details.


Silent Witness Project

Saskatchewan has one of the highest rates of spousal homicides among Canadian provinces - 8.4 spouses per million are killed in Saskatchewan each year compared to the national average of 4.8 per million.

For the SGEU Silent Witness project the silhouettes are a symbolic representation of women killed by partners. Red silhouettes were created without faces to draw attention to those women who are no longer with us and stand in silence waiting to be recognized.

This project was created to promote action by profiling local resources that support women coping with violence in their lives and encouraging community and government action with the focus to end all forms of violence in society.

Intent is to bring attention to a serious concern by taking it from the shadows and bringing it to the forefront.

The silhouettes may be available for your event in Saskatchewan. Please contact womenscommittee@sgeu.org to discuss.

The Canadian guide for the project is maintained in Nova Scotia and is available here: http://www.silentwitness.ca/uploads/pdf/canadian-guide-e.pdf

If you are experiencing domestic violence or are concerned about your safety, call 211 for information about safe shelters in your community or visit the PATHS website for agencies’ contact information. https://pathssk.org/get-help-now/


Annual Sponsorship

Annually based on the calendar year, the Women’s Committee selects a Saskatchewan not-for-profit that supports women and/or women’s issues to be the recipient of fundraising efforts.

Our 2022 fundraising recipient is the Aboriginal Friendship Centres of Saskatchewan (AFCS) with funds earmarked for Honouring Her Spark project. This project focuses on improving the economic landscape for Indigenous women and 2SLGBTQ+ individuals while empowering our sacred people through the first Indigenous Women’s Economic Framework in Canada. Learn more about the Honouring Her Spark initiative here.

Past fundraising recipients have included:

2021 – YWCAs in Saskatchewan (Prince Albert, Saskatoon and Regina)

2020 - Yorkton Shelwin House
2019 - Moose Jaw Transition House
2018 - Regina Food Bank
2017 – Prince Albert Transition House
2016 – Provincial Association of Transition Houses and Services (PATHS)


Want to get more involved in Women’s Committee activities? Please connect with us at womenscommittee@sgeu.org